“IN THE FRONT RANK OF MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHERS”: VINTAGE EVEREST EXPEDITION PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANK SMYTHE, PUBLISHER’S FILE COPY, USED IN RUTTLEDGE’S EVEREST 1933
SMYTHE, Frank. Photograph. No place, 1933. Vintage black-and-white photograph, measuring 10-1/2 by 15 inches. Window matted, entire piece measures 14-1/2 by 19-1/2. $1300.
Vintage matte albumen photograph of Camp IV, taken during the Fourth British Expedition to Mount Everest. Used in Ruttledge’s book, Everest 1933.
The image shows two climbers and two tents at Camp IV, which was assembled on a section of Everest directly above a harrowing portion of the climb route known for its deadly avalanches, massive crevasse, and 40-foot ice wall. Smythe “was in the front rank of mountain photographers. He was at his best as an interpreter of mountain adventure” (DNB). This photograph was a file copy used by Houghton Mifflin for Plate 31, page 172 of Hugh Ruttledge’s Everest 1933; Ruttledge led the expedition during which this photograph was taken. Pencil publisher’s notations to verso.
Image fine, minor tape residue to verso. A beautiful, fine photograph.